A Parent's Guide to Booster Seats - Page 4

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Properly fitting lap and shoulder belts reduce the potential for belt-induced injury which can occur when a lap or lap/shoulder belt is a small child's only restraint.

Buying a booster seat
  • All booster seats are required by law to comply with the same standards and guidelines as child safety seats.
  • When buying a booster seat make sure that it has a label stating: "This child restraint system conforms to all applicable U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards."
  • Never use a booster seat that has been in a crash. The seat may have defects that are not visible.


All children ages 12 and under should sit in the back seat, properly restrained whenever possible. It's safer!

Never use just a lap belt across a child sitting in a belt-positioning booster.

Never put the shoulder belt under a child's arm or behind the back because it eliminates the protection for the upper part of the body and increases the risk of severe injury in a crash.

Never use pillows, books, or towels to boost a child. They can slide around and increase the likelihood of injury.

State child passenger safety laws apply to infant, convertible, and booster child safety seats.